THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ELMER RIDDLE

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...

The Pirates slam three Braves' pitchers

May 20, 1948 ... Elmer Riddle, the veteran Pittsburgh right-hander, blanked the Braves 13 to 0 tonight at Braves Field. Cast loose with a lame arm by Cincinnati last fall, Riddle was picked up by the Pirates on a conditional basis. There were going to allow him to work out with the team in spring training and then ship him to their farm club in the Indianapolis.

Riddle, who was the athletic director and basketball coach of a mill team in Georgia, would go out before practice and take numerous one-handed shots to the basket, to get the pitching strength back in his arm. Tonight he handed out nine goose eggs and only four singles to the Braves, throwing a ball smaller than a basketball. Only one man was able to advance as far as second. Even the way the runner got to second was a fluke. Danny Murtaugh slipped fielding a ground ball, and although he got the hitter at first, it enabled Phil Masi to get to second in the eighth-inning.

What happened to the Braves pitching is more forgettable. They were slammed for 17 hits. Red Barrett was the first on the mound. Jim Pendergast was no improvement and Johnny Beazley was the most successful of the trio, holding the visitors to four runs over the last 5 2/3 innings.

Pittsburgh slugger, Ralph Kiner, led the assault on the Boston hurlers. He doubled, homered and doubled again before Beazley found out how to handle him. He knocked in three runs to take over the National League leadership in RBIs with a total of 25.

In the opening inning, Kiner doubled off the fence in left field to drive home Johnny Hopp with the first run of the eventual slaughter. His homer then started the Pirates eight run romp in the fourth inning. The home run blast affected Barrett. He ended up walking the bases loaded before he was taken out of the game. Pendergast pitched to five batters next, and two tripled and two singled. Before any more damage could be done off him, Southworth took him out in favor of Beazley.

Beazley wasn't a game saver by any means, but it was encouraging to see him throw the ball without any signs of arm trouble.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

1

0

0

8

2

1

0

0

1

 

 

13

17

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

1

 

 

 

W

ELMER RIDDLE (4-1)

 

2B

 

KINER (2)(PITT), MURTAUGH (PITT)

 

L

RED BARRETT (2-2)

 

 

S

   

3B

  ROJEK (PITT), HOPP (PITT), MURTAUGH (PITT)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 3089

 

HR

 

KINER (PITT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .431  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 0 .266  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 1 0 0 .188  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 0 .194  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 0 0 .298  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 3b 1 0 0 .231  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 1 .308  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 0 0 .200  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .280  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 1 .096  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 1 .167  

 

Red Barrett p 1 0 0 .182  

 

Jim Pendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Johnny Beazley p 2 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 3 4 5 2 3  
  Jim Pendergast 0.1 4 4 0 1  
  Johnny Beazley 5.2 9 4 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 16 7 -

 

 

New York Giants 14 10 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 14 12 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

13 12 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 14 13 4

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 11 15 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 10 14 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 10 19 9